Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Abundant Harvest

Matthew 9:37-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Why is this? We have all been given a great gift; if we have trusted Jesus as our Lord and Savior our sins have been forgiven and we are assured of eternal life with God. But there are people who have never heard, people that don't know that Jesus came. They are dying and will spend eternity in hell. They just need someone to tell them the good news. Jesus tells us that the harvest is abundant; there are people everywhere we look who have never heard the gospel, but the workers are few. Why are we not all workers? Jesus said that we are to go into all the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). He didn't say "you preachers" or "you missionaries", He just said Go! And here we sit. While the world around us dies, we sit. We are afraid to open our mouths because we might be laughed at, or we might offend someone, or we think we don't know enough to answer their questions, or a thousand other reasons. And while we sit the world dies.

Look at what happened in the verses proceeding this one. In verses 27-31 we are given the account of two blind men who came to Jesus to have their sight restored. After they demonstrated their faith Jesus touched their eyes and healed them. He then told them to keep quite about what He had done for them, but they could not. Verse 31 tells us that they went out and spread the news about Him throughout the whole area. Why? Because they were healed of their blindness! Is what Jesus did for us any different? Did He not heal us of our spiritual blindness? Is that not more important than any physical healing? And yet Jesus can still say " The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few."

Jesus tells us to "Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest", and we need to do this. Take some time today to pray for the missionaries and other workers in the great harvest fields of the world, but more importantly, ask God where He wants you to go, and pray as Isaiah who prayed,"Here am I, send me!"
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